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High ceilings are a coveted architectural feature in both new and old homes. They make a space feel bigger, brighter, and more luxurious. Styling high ceilings can be tricky. How do you fill all that extra space without making the room feel too cluttered or top-heavy?

In this guide, we’ll show you how to style high ceilings in any type of home. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right furniture and lighting to adding color, texture, and pattern. We’ll also answer some common questions about living with high ceilings, like how to deal with dust and what to do if your ceilings are too low for a chandelier.

HOW TO STYLE HIGH CEILINGS

There are a few things to keep in mind when styling high ceilings.

  • Use furniture and decor to create different “zones“ in the room. This will help prevent the space from feeling too open or empty.
  • Choose tall pieces of furniture, like bookshelves and floor lamps, to help fill up the extra space.
  • Install new window treatments at the proper height to make the most of the extra height.
  • Be careful not to overwhelm the space with too much furniture or decor. Less is more when it comes to styling high ceilings.

Lighting

One of the best ways to show off high ceilings is with lighting. Hanging pendant lights or chandeliers at different heights will help fill up the vertical space. Using floor lamps or table lamps will help create a cozier feel in the room. To make this process even easier, you can use a light bulb changer tool to reach the fixtures in your tall ceilings.

Furniture

When choosing furniture for a room with high ceilings, look for tall pieces that will help fill up the extra space. Bookshelves, armoires, and floor lamps are all good choices. You can also use smaller pieces of furniture, like end tables and coffee tables, but be sure to position them away from walls so they don’t look lost in the space.

Color

If you want to make a bold statement in a room with high ceilings, painting the walls or ceiling a dark color is a great way to do it. Dark colors will make the space feel more intimate and cozy. If you want to keep the space feeling light and airy, stick with lighter colors like white or cream.

Texture

Adding texture is a great way to add visual interest to a room with high ceilings. Hang a textured tapestry on the wall or drape a linen tablecloth over a dining table. You can also add texture with rugs, pillows, and throws. Choose materials like wool, cotton, and linen for a natural look.

Pattern

If you want to add some pattern to a room with high ceilings, wallpaper is a great option. Wallpaper comes in a variety of colors, styles, and textures, so you can easily find something that fits your aesthetic. You can also add patterns with area rugs, fabric patterns like stripes or plaids, and art prints.

Art

Art is a great way to add visual interest to a room with high ceilings. Hang paintings, photography, or tapestries on the walls or display sculptures on pedestals. You can also lean art against walls or prop it up on shelves.

Plants

Plants are a great way to add life to a room with high ceilings. Hang planters from the ceiling or place them on shelves or tables. Larger plants like trees or palms can also be used to fill up empty corners or spaces by doors and windows. Combining several of these tips together can help any room with high ceilings feel like a cozy and inviting space.

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